1. Too stuffy in one room? Add a ceiling fan. A ceiling fan can help make a room feel cooler without adding too much to your power bill. You can also use them year round since heat rises, you can reverse the blades to force the warmer air back down to where you live.
2. Consider adding a portable room air conditioner to cool places where you live. Units like the Mitsubishi room air conditioner help cool specific areas. Instead of cooling rooms that you rarely use, you can cool high traffic areas and save costs on your power bill.
3. Do you need a new electrical service panel? Panels are not meant to last forever. If you are experiencing multiple trips of your circuit breakers or see scorch marks on any of the parts of the panel, it is time for a change out. Call me and I can help coach you through how you may be able to replace this all important part of your electrical system for little $ out of pocket.
4. Add GFI wall outlets. GFI stands for "Ground Fault Interruption." You need to add these outlets to all 'wet' areas of your home like the kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool and garage areas. These outlets can help protect you if you are using an electrical device around areas where standing water may accumulate. It is an inexpensive safety device that can save your life.
5. Add outdoor lighting. Are there dark areas around the outside of your home at night? Consider adding an infrared and/or motion sensor outdoor lighting. This is a safety feature to help you eliminate dark areas, especially behind the home where burglars like to prowl.
Well, that is it. A short list to get you started for 2013. Please give me a call if you have any questions about installation or maintenance of your electrical system.
I pray for a healthy and prosperous 2013 for you all.
Until next time,